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Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

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Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

Hello!

We are a couple that plan on attending the Festival this August.

We wanted to get recommendations on what to see @ the Festival and where to stay while

there.

We prefer mid pricing hotels, nothing too fancy but not a hostel either :)

Thanks!!

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1. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

What to see? Far to early say, sign up for

http://www.eif.co.uk/signup

https://www.edfringe.com/

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2. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/

http://www.edinburghartfestival.com/

http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/

http://www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk/

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3. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

Edinburgh hotels are at their most expensive in August with most setting a two or three night minimum stay. What is mid range the rest of the year will be 5 star prices in August. Also availability is stretched so it is fairly pointless us recommending a list of options only for you to find they are all full or twice the price you have budgeted,

Have a look at something like booking.com to check for prices and availability then come back to Tripadvisor for reviews and recommendations from a shortlist.

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4. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

Your priority right now is to find who has accommodation as some hotels that I personally use are already fully booked. As to what to see, How long is a piece of string? You have everything from High brow Classical music & opera to , very vulgar Stand up comedy. Something for every taste no matter how obscure / bizarre your tastes may be. Hanging out on the High Street or foot of the Mound where a lot of performances give you a 'Taster' can help or recommendations from fellow festival visitors.

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5. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

If it's your first visit to the Festival, it is maybe easy to overlook the enormity of it. About 3000 different shows (shows, not just performances) is a rough estimate. It's divided into several sections, of which The Fringe is the biggest. You could begin (after getting accommodation sorted out) by considering booking two or three top shows that you feel you are sure to enjoy, especially if you are looking at some of the big international dance and theatre shows. Then add some fillers, and maybe a day or two just to freewheel - pick up last minute tickets or see free shows. It also allows you time to find which areas of the city you enjoy most (there are bound to be shows on).

Some people will plan it precisely (this is a lot of work, but much easier now the programme seems to allow you to make a planner before buying). Or book your evening's main entertainment each night and then take a more casual approach to the daytime. Edinburgh is quite a compact city centre. A high proportion of the venues are all within walking distance or ten minutes' taxi of each other. But allow for shows running late and occasionally long queues of ticket holders at some to get the best seats. Major venues attract the most high quality shows (as a rule); but it is a melting pot of organised artistic chaos. Careers are born at the Festival. But out of so many, how do you pick the winners?

Enjoy!

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6. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

I'm also going to Fringe for the first time this year, although I've been to Edinburgh several times (it's my fave city ever!). I found the hotels just far too pricey for my tastes- £100 a night will get you a travelodge or a b&b with a shared bathroom. I have no objection to travelodge, just to paying that much for it! (Infact every time I've been before we use the Cameron Toll Travelodge).

My solution was camping- look up Mortonhall campsite. It's on a bus route into the center and will set you back £30 a night. So, as long as you don't mind camping it's ideal. I've also started booking tickets- there's some available now on the website for the big names like Jimmy Carr.

If you are open to new foods, try a Korean restaurant called Shilla while you're there. The pork bulgigi is amazing!

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7. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

The programme for the EIF has been published, and they've started selling tickets to the public as of last weekend. I would hesitate to recommend performances until you get back to the group, cinike16 - We don't know your likes and dislikes. EIF is big on Ballet and classical music, and I and Mrs G have got a fairly long 'to do' list ... the fringe is big on comedy, dance, less stuffy music ...

The programme for the Fringe won't be available for a long time yet, but they're already selling tickets for acts that booked early.

One thing's for sure - if you don't book and just turn up looking for tickets, you'll miss out on a lot of performers you want to see. Popular events will sell out, both EIF and Fringe.

And yes - hotels in August in Edinburgh are a rip-off. Supply and demand.

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9. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

Well, I guess Olathecomedian must be performing at the Fringe. That message went well, whatever it said.

The Brochure for the 'Official' festival has been out for some time. http://www.eif.co.uk/

The Fringe brochure came out today. https://www.edfringe.com/

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10. Re: Edinburgh Festival Aug 2014

Book Festival brochure comes out next week.